Marlon Byrd is a very lucky man.
Less than a year ago he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and was slapped with a 50-game suspension. To his credit, and unlike most users who get caught, Byrd manned up, admitted his guilt and issued a remorseful statement.
“I made an inexcusable mistake. Several years ago, I had surgery for a condition that was private and unrelated to baseball. Last winter, I suffered a recurrence of that condition and I was provided with a medication that resulted in my positive test.”
“I am mortified by my carelessness and I apologize to everyone who loves this game as I do. I will serve my suspension, continue to work hard and hope that I am given an opportunity to help a club win later this season.”
When the Mets signed Byrd, now 35, it didn’t bother me too much. I did a little research and I saw someone who made a mistake and took his punishment like a man. I can respect that.
It’s amazing how the world has turned for Byrd since joining the Mets....